Marvin Hamlisch

MARVIN HAMLISCH

     Marvin Hamlisch's life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance. Best known as a composer, Hamlisch has written major works for film, stage, recordings and concert halls. As conductor, he has led the great orchestras of the world, and as pianist and entertainer, he has performed both with ensembles and in a solo capacity.

     As a composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, three Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. His groundbreaking show, A CHORUS LINE, received the Pulitzer Prize.

     Among the Broadway shows Hamlisch has composed are THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG and THE GOODBYE GIRL. He is currently writing a new musical, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (book by John Guare, lyrics by Craig Carnelia, Nicholas Hytner directing) to open in 2002. He is the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for THE WAY WE WERE and his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for THE STING for which he received a third Oscar.

     His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions SOPHIE'S CHOICE, ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE SWIMMER, THREE MEN AND A BABY and/or musical adaptations for ICE CASTLES, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, BANANAS and SAVE THE TIGER.

     Marvin Hamlisch holds the position of Principal Pops Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Marvin Hamlisch is the first person to hold such a position.

     Mr. Hamlisch was Musical Director and arranger of Barbara Streisand's 1994 concert tour of the United States and England as well as of the television special, "Barbara Streisand: The Concert" (for which he received two of his Emmys). He served in the same capacities for her Millennium concerts.

     One of the youngest students ever admitted to The Juilliard School, Hamlisch is a graduate of both Juilliard and Queens College (where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree). Hamlisch believes in the power of music to bring people together. He says, "Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can."

     Hamlisch and his wife, Terre, reside in New York City.

 




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